New York Jets land durable offensive tackle Cameron Clark on day 3 on NFL Draft

New York Jets, Cameron Clark

The New York Jets continue to load up on offensive linemen. Joe Douglas has reiterated his desire to build through the trenches and this pick continues to do that. Cameron Clark was a 1st Team All-Conference USA recipient last season and two year Captain for Charlotte, and now the formidable leader and solid offensive lineman joins the Jets.

Who is Cameron Clark?

Cameron Clark joined the Charlotte 49ers in his Sophomore year and made an impact at left tackle. Clark won team MVP for how he stepped up and made a difference. Then, in the past two years, he’s been a durable left tackle who’s started every game for the team. Clark is a very good run blocker who can assert his presence on opposing defenders. He likes to throw guys around. He didn’t get much time against high-level competition except for one incredible performance against Clemson.

He threw Clemson defenders around like rag-dolls. Clark is likely going to transition to the interior and become a guard. Having played left tackle, he could move to left guard and compete with Alex Lewis right away. Quite frankly, if he can develop into a formidable offensive guard, he would form a nasty combo with Mekhi Becton. Although he has flaws and will need development, I like this pick and it’s probably my favorite pick so far on Day 3.

New York Jets welcome back Alex Lewis (Report)

The late summer addition via a trade with Baltimore reportedly re-ups with the New York Jets for $18.6 million over three years.

Per Connor Hughes of The Athletic, the New York Jets will welcome back guard Alex Lewis on a three-year, $18.6 million deal. It is the Jets’ first readdition of one of their own free agents.

Lewis, set to turn 28 in April, recently wrapped up his fourth season of NFL service and first with the Jets. The Nebraska alum entered the league as a fourth-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in the 2016 NFL Draft. He would join the Jets in the latter stages of last summer, as the Jets sent over a conditional seventh-round pick (226th overall) to acquire him from the Ravens.

It didn’t take long for Lewis to reach the starting lineup, as he was called upon to replace the injured Kelechi Osemele. He wound up making a career-high 12 starts, partaking in all but one game overall. Lewis was placed on injured reserve in December after he suffered an ankle injury in the Jets penultimate game of the season.

Blocking runs in Lewis’ blood. The Tempe, Arizona native is the son of former NFL offensive lineman Bill Lewis, who played seven seasons with the Raiders, Cardinals, and Patriots.

With Lewis in tow, the Jets continue to make changes to their offensive line. They previously added Seattle tackle George Fant earlier this week. Further changes could be on the way. Current starting guard Brian Winters, one of the longest-tenured Jets on the roster, would save the Jets $7.2 million in cap space if released. A fellow starter, center Jonotthan Harrison, would yield $2.25 million more.

Other Jets free agents on the offensive line include tackles Kelvin Beachum and Brandon Shell and center Ryan Kalil. All spent significant time in the starting lineup last season.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

New York Jets: Alex Lewis In, Kelechi Osemele Out

New York Jets

The New York Jets offensive line has been really really bad this season. They are currently one of the worst offensive line units in football. Mike Maccaganan and his draft pick, trades and signings being there normal amazing moves have failed miserably throughout the early part of the season. However, one of Joe Douglas’s best moves has truly proven to be excellent.

Alex Lewis Has Broken Out

When Lewis was acquired from the Jets I said I had semi-high hopes for him. He had always been a sort of rotational offensive linemen. He’s always been a damn good one though. Since coming from Baltimore, Lewis was on the bench for the start of the season. However, when Adam Gase instituted an open competition for all offensive line positions Alex Lewis and Chuma Edoga were able to get starting spots. Since then, Lewis has been the most reliable offensive lineman. Edoga has been good, Lewis has been great. For the minimal price the Jets got him for, this was a damn good movie. Especially in the wake of another turn of events.

Kelechi Osemele Situation Is Messy

Osemele went down with a shoulder injury and although he has missed time it wasn’t thought to be severe. However, after getting cleared by two doctors he personally felt surgery is a necessity. So, the Jets and Osemele were in a standoff. The Jets made the first move by fining him for skipping practice despite being cleared. Now another phenomenal Mike Maccaganan move is paying off for the Jets. This time they’re disagreeing with a guy who was replaced by Alex Lewis a cheaper replacement and will now get stuck with Osemele’s contract for the foreseeable future. It remains to be seen what will happen next but the Osemele situation is one to watch.

New York Jets: Examining two new additions to the offensive line

New York Jets bring in Alex Lewis.

New York Jets general manager Joe Douglas is making moves like a mad man, with the focus being on the offensive line. The Baltimore Ravens have gifted us C.J. Mosley and now they’ve given us offensive line depth.

Alex Lewis was drafted in the 4th round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He’s a second-generation offensive lineman, as his dad was an All American center. It’s in his blood to be a stud at the position.

What are the New York Jets getting with Alex Lewis?

Since being drafted, however, he’s flashed the ability to be a starting-caliber offensive lineman. The problem that has kept him from achieving his potential is injuries. In 2017 he had a shoulder injury which led to season-ending surgery. In 2018 despite playing games and performing very well he still missed two games and had to get neck surgery following the season.

After things with Baltimore fell apart, the Ravens decided to take him out of the running for the starting left guard spot and trade or release him. The Jets evidently took a liking to him and acquired him in exchange for a conditional 7th rounder that goes to Baltimore in the event Lewis makes the 53 man roster. Now with injury questions with Kelvin Beachum and some of the other offensive linemen facing injuries in the past Lewis can play a 6th man type role for this offensive line which could be a bigger asset then many realize for this team.

Another guy who people should keep an eye out for is Kyron Brown. Brown was a key player for the Akron football team for the past few years. He was a captain of the team last season and had pretty solid results in college. Brown had 41 tackles, a sack, and a pick in his final season at Akron.

He had similar stats in his 2nd to last season with 49 tackles, and two picks. In his other past seasons, he had one with a career-high of 3 interceptions. He’s excellent in coverage and a beast on special teams. Now he’s proving it in camp, going from an undrafted player to seeing a bulk of second-team reps and some first-team reps in replacement for Trumaine Johnson when he was dealing with a temporary injury. Brown has already opened some eyes and with a strong training camp, he could not only crack the roster but could make some noise this season.